The Institute's Newsmakers

March 25, 2021

Institute Alumna Allison Young on Exhibition Team Honoring Breonna Taylor

Allison Young, assistant professor of art history at LSU College of Art and Design, is on the National Advisory Board of exhibition Promise, Witness, Remembrance — which opened in April 2021 at the Speed Art Museum in Louisville, Kentucky.

The exhibition is a tribute to Breonna Taylor, the 26-year-old medical worker killed in her home by police in a no-knock raid there almost a year ago.

Read more about "Promise, Witness, Remembrance" in the New York Times, and read more about Allison Young on LSU's website.

February 26, 2020

Taft Deputy Director and Chief Curator Receives Prestigious Award from French Government

The Taft Museum of Art’s Deputy Director and the Sallie Robinson Wadsworth Chief Curator Lynne D. Ambrosini, PhD, has been awarded the Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres (The Order of Arts and Letters) by the Government of France for her contributions to the promotion of French language and culture.

Guillaume Lacroix, Consul General of France to the Midwest, traveled from Chicago to present the important award on behalf of the French Government on Thursday, February 20. The award recognizes the achievements of individuals who have contributed significantly to furthering the arts in France and throughout the world. Read more about Lynne Ambrosini in Art Daily.

February 19, 2020

Museum's Rembrandt Knockoff Turns Out to Be the Real Thing

The Conservation Center's Shan Kuang worked on restoring the Rembrandt. An excerpt from the New York Times:

ALLENTOWN, Pa. — Thanks to modern technology and some expert detective work, a nearly 400-year-old painting that had long been attributed to an unknown artist in Rembrandt’s workshop has now been judged to have been a work of the Dutch master himself. Read more about "Portrait of a Young Woman" in the New York Times.

January 23, 2020

Alexandra Suda is "the person with the most pressure-packed job in Canadian art"

It doesn’t take an expert eye to see that the National Gallery of Canada is under new management. Just inside the main entrance of the glass-and-granite Ottawa fine art institution, where regulars were used to lining up at the ticket desk, visitors this winter instead come upon a two-story structure of wooden beams and tanned hides. The installation is by Norwegian artist Joar Nango, but the message sent by placing it in such an unignorable spot comes straight from Alexandra Suda, who took over as the gallery’s director last spring. Read more in Maclean's Magazine.

August 20, 2019

Nora Burnett Abrams will lead the MCA Denver

The Museum of Contemporary Art Denver, the adventurous cultural institution that’s seen a surge in attendance in recent years, named Nora Burnett Abrams as its new director on Tuesday. Dr. Abrams, who’s worked as a curator at the museum for the last 10 years, most recently as the Ellen Bruss curator and director of planning, has been responsible for organizing some of its most successful exhibitions.

Dr. Abrams, 41, will step in to replace Adam Lerner, the director and chief animator who stepped down this June after leading the museum since 2009. The Denver museum saw its attendance grow by 200 percent over the last five years, under his leadership, and has become a gathering place for the city’s teenagers. Read more in the New York Times.

January 17, 2019

Edward Sullivan to Receive the 2019 College Art Association's Distinguished Teaching of Art history Award

Professor Sullivan is not the only member of the Institue's community to receive an award this year. Alumna Andaleeb Banta will receive the Alfred H. Barr Jr. Award for Smaller Museums, Libraries, Collections and Exhibitions for her exhibition "Lines of Inquiry: Learning from Rembrandt’s Etchings". Alumna Olga Bush's book "Reframing the Alhambra: Architecture, Poetry, Textiles and Court Ceremonial" is a finalist for the Charles Rufus Morey Book Award. And, Molly Nesbit, our Kirk Varnedoe visiting professor in 2008, will receive the Distinguished Lifetime Achievement Award for Writing on Art.

Awardees this year were chosen from a pool of scholars, artists, teachers, and authors who are constantly pushing our understanding of the visual arts. The CAA Awards for Distinction are presented during Convocation at the CAA Annual Conference on Wednesday, February 13 at 6:00 PM at the New York Hilton Midtown. Read more on the College Art Association's website.

October 2, 2018

Institute Alumna Valerie Hillings Appointed Director of the North Carolina Museum of Art

The North Carolina Museum of Art (NCMA) in Raleigh has named Valerie Hillings as its next director. Hillings joins the institution from the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York, where she currently works as a curator and the associate director of curatorial affairs for the Frank Gehry–designed Guggenheim Abu Dhabi museum, which has been in development for over a decade. She will succeed Larry Wheeler, who is retiring after twenty-four years at the helm of the institution, and will take up the post on November 1. Read more about Valerie's appointment in Art Forum.

January 4, 2018

Institute Alumna Dr. Dorothy Kosinski Awarded the Order of the Star of Italy

Photo of Dorothy KosinskiIn recognition of her outstanding contributions to the arts and promotion of Italian culture, Dr. Dorothy Kosinski, Director of The Phillips Collection, was recognized with the Order of the Italian Star. 

This distinction represents a particular honor on behalf of all those, Italians abroad or foreigners, who have acquired special merit in the promotion of friendly relations and cooperation between Italy and other countries. 

“I am honored to accept this special award and feel that the honor is really due The Phillips Collection and its longstanding and rich relationship with the arts of Italy,” Dr. Kosinski said. “The Phillips Collection has featured major exhibitions of Modigliani and Morandi, for example. We have organized exhibitions that have been featured in Perugia, Rovereto, Venice, and Rome. I am grateful to the special friendships with our colleagues at the Italian Embassy and for our fruitful collaborations with them.” 

September 4, 2017

Institute Alumna Alexandra Munroe receives 2017 Japan Foundation Award

Alexandra Munroe Every year since 1973, the Japan Foundation has presented the Japan Foundation Awards to individuals and organizations that have made significant contributions to promoting international mutual understanding and friendship between Japan and other countries through academic, artistic and other cultural pursuits. This year marks the 45th year of the awards.

Alexandra Munroe (Senior Curator, Asian Art, and Senior Advisor, Global Arts, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum) is an art historian and curator who has engaged in empirical research and advanced the study of Japanese art from the postwar to the contemporary period, and has planned and organized several museum exhibitions.

In 1994, Dr. Munroe began work as guest curator at the Yokohama Museum of Art on Japanese Art After 1945: Scream Against the Sky, an epoch-making exhibition that established a new interpretive history of postwar Japanese art, comprehensively covering significant art movements from the postwar to contemporary periods in a broad cultural, political, and international context.

Read more on the Japan Foundation's website , and watch an interview with Dr. Munroe online.

June 21, 2017

Selinunte: American Archaeologists Discover the Origins of the Greek City

Professor Clemente Marconi's recent discoveries at the Selinunte Excavation in western Sicily made the national news in Italy.

Watch La Repubblica's video online.


April 1, 2017

Professor Egbert Haverkamp-Begemann Receives 2017 Icon Award

Agbert Haverkap-BegemannThe Bruce Museum's Icon Awards in the Arts are presented to distinguished figures in the art world. The Museum's century-long history of excellence in presentation of art in Greenwich, home to many of the country's leading collectors and most generous patrons of the arts, positions it as uniquely suited to honor these accomplished individuals. 

In additional news for Egbert Haverkamp-Begemann, the catalogue for the recent Metropolitan Museum of Art's exhibition "The Mysterious Landscapes of Hercules Segers" was dediated to Professor Haverkamp-Begemann in recognition of his work on the artist. The catalogue, Hercules Segers: Painter, Etcher, was published by the Rijksmuseum.

January 9, 2017

Institute Alumna Alison Gass Named Director of the Smart Museum of Art

Alison GassThe University of Chicago announced today that Alison Gass has been appointed the Dana Feitler Director of the Smart Museum of Art. Starting May 1, Gass will lead the museum’s exhibitions, collaborative projects, and public and educational programs.

Since 2014, Gass has been the chief curator and associate director for exhibitions and collections at the Cantor Arts Center at Stanford University. She also served as acting director of the Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum at Michigan State University, where she created a residency for artists focusing on ideas about land, food, and natural resources. Gass has also worked as a curator for the San Francisco Museum of Art and a teacher at the California College of the Arts and City College in New York.

Read more in ArtNews

September 28, 2016

Institute Alumna Ileana Selejan's Charlotte Brooks exhibition featured in TIME Magazine

Charlotte Brooks’ career is the subject of a new exhibit at the Davis Museum at Wellesley College. Charlotte Brooks at LOOK: 1951–1971 will be on view through Dec. 18.

“Within the male-dominated world of photojournalism and commercial photography during the postwar period in the U.S., Brooks was a pioneer,” Ileana Selejan, a Curatorial Fellow in Photography at the Davis, said in a statement about the show.

Read more in TIME Magazine

July 26, 2016

The Kaohsiung Museum of Fine Arts Appoints Institute Alumna Yulin Lee Director of the Museum

The Kaohsiung Museum of Fine Arts (KMFA) is delighted to announce the appointment of Dr. Yulin Lee as its new director. Regarded as one of the most forward-thinking figures in Taiwan’s art scene today, Lee is a curator, critic, art historian, and artistic director whose work in public institutions, universities, and the private sector over the past two decades has helped to bring contemporary Taiwanese art to the global stage. She assumed her new role on July 28, 2016.

Lee joins the KMFA from the Taishin Bank Foundation for Arts and Culture, where she was the Artistic Director from 2009. She was the curator at the Taipei Fine Arts Museum (TFAM) since 1993, and later became Head of Exhibitions. During her tenure, she built the bridge between Taiwan and the international art scene, putting contemporary art from Taiwan on the world map since the '90s, which include promulgating Taiwan’s participation at the Venice Biennale since 1995 and founded the International Program at TFAM. As a curator, she was involved in Taiwan’s participation at the Venice Biennale in 1997 and 1999, the 3rd Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art in Queensland, Australia in 1999, as well as the 2nd International Triennale of Kogei in the 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art Kanazawa, Japan in 2013. She has also curated Japan’s participation at the 2nd Fukuoka Asian Art Triennale in Fukuoka, Japan in 2002.

Read more in E-Flux

June 1, 2016

Institute Alumna Adrian Sudhalter brings "Dadaglobe Reconstructed" to the Musem of Modern Art

Modern Degas - New York TimesThe Wall Street Journal reviewed IFA alumna Adrian Sudhalter's exhibition "Dadaglobe Reconstructed" while it was in Zurich earlier this year. The exhibition opens on June 12th, 2016 at the Museum of Modern Art in New York. An excerpt:

As assembled by art historian Adrian Sudhalter, the intimate exhibit, which will travel to New York’s Museum of Modern Art in June, is an incredible feat of curatorship and research. The variety of artists who submitted drawings, photos, photomontages, poems and collages is enormous, from the movement’s key exponents in Berlin (Hannah Höch, George Grosz, John Heartfield) and Paris (André Breton, Marcel Duchamp, Jean Cocteau) to De Stijl founder Theo van Doesburg (who used the pseudonym I.K. Bonset) and the French-American composer Edgard Varèse. Constantin Brancusi and Joseph Stella are possibly the two least likely artists Tzara solicited. The show’s generously annotated catalog (also edited by Ms. Sudhalter) is the first-ever edition of “Dadaglobe,” nearly a century after Tzara proposed what he referred to as “The Greatest Standard Work in the World.” Read more about Adrian Sudhalter's exhibition

May 18, 2016

Milwaukee Art Museum names Institute Alumna Marcelle Polednik Director

Marcelle PolednikFollowing recent news that the Milwaukee Art Museum had received an $8 million endowment to fund a new directorship, the museum has announced the appointment of Dr. Marcelle Polednik as the first Donna and Donald Baumgartner director following a rigorous national search. Read more about Marcelle's appointment in Art News.

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April 26, 2016

Marvin Trachtenberg awarded the 2016 I Tatti Mongan Prize

Professor Marvin Trachtenberg will be presented with the I Tatti Mongan Prize on May 26, 2016 at 6.00pm, when he will give his Laureate Lecture on “Architecture and the Body in the Renaissance”.

This talk explores the relationship between premodern concepts of the body and the experience of architecture. It is occasioned by a problem in the current terms of architectural understanding. Despite the advent of post-modernist aesthetics and notions of embodied perception, the study of Renaissance architecture remains closely tied to formalism and the analysis of buildings in purely “optical” abstract terms. The limitations of this interpretive paradigm are revealed in studying the authorship question of the Pazzi Chapel. Viewed closely in the formalist lens, the Chapel seems not only to lose its Brunelleschian authorship but to shrink into a second-rate work of architecture. How are we to resolve the contradiction between this analytic reduction and the powerful impression that the Chapel nevertheless makes in “ordinary” viewing? A reconsideration of the building-as-body syndrome in Renaissance architectural thought and practice suggests new categories of analysis. Through these concepts not only is the Pazzi Chapel seen in a new light as a remarkable work in itself, but it is revealed as the avatar of an important unrecognized architectural current of the quattrocento. Read more anout the I Tatti Mongan Prize

March 24, 2016

The Modern Degas You Haven’t Seen

Modern Degas - New York TimesInstitute alumnus Karl Buchberg, and senior curator at The Museum of Modern Art, co-organized “A Strange New Beauty,” an exhibition of Degas monotypes currently on view in New York. The New York Times' Roberta Smith gives the exhibition an excellent review. An excerpt:

“A Strange New Beauty” brings a new logic and coherence to Degas’s experimentation. It also reveals his monotypes as early signs of the 20th-century’s waves of nonacademic figuration — from the Fauves to German Expressionists to American artists like David Park — and abstraction itself. Most of all, it makes the past feel alive and useful, perhaps the most you can ask of any historical show. Read more about Karl Buchberg's Degas exhibition

March 14, 2016

Institute Alumna Alexandra Munroe Featured in the New York Times

Japanese Art After 1945: Scream Against the SkyIn this piece for the New York Times, Edward M. Gomez considers Institute alumna Alexandra Munroe, the senior curator of Asian art at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York and its first “senior adviser, global arts,” "one of the most visibly active and influential scholars who have taken a transnational approach to her work."‬ The article details a "newer, so-called transnational approach" to telling this story of Modern art in museums, and Alexandra Munroe is on the cutting edge. Read more about Alexandra Munroe in the New York Times

March 14, 2016

Rediscovering Daubigny, an Unsung Influence on the Impressionists

Lynne Ambrisini in the New York TimesInstitute alumna Lynne Ambrosini, the director of collections and exhibitions and curator of European art at the Taft Museum of Art in Cincinnati, is interviewed in the New York Times about her exhibition on the evolution of the 19th-century French artist Charles François Daubigny. ‪An excerpt:

“I know the show will be very revealing,” said Lawrence W. Nichols, a senior curator at the Toledo Museum of Art, which is lending both its sole Daubigny and one of its two van Gogh paintings. “I’m glad, and so is the profession glad to see it come to fruition.”‬ Read more about Lynne Ambrosini's exhibition in the New York Times

April 25, 2016

Phoebe Dent Weil Receives 2016 St. Louis Visionary Award

Carol Mancusi-UngaroInstitute Alumna Phoebe Dent Weil Receives 2016 St. Louis Visionary Award for Major Contribution to the Arts. The St. Louis Visionary Awards celebrate the passion, determination, and imagination of six local women who daily dive into the trenches to improve our city’s arts culture by stimulating artistic ability via education, philanthropy activism and public engagement.

To say that 2016 Visionary Award winner Phoebe Dent Weil is a Major Contributor to the Arts is a bit of an understatement.  In addition spending over five decades preserving important works of art for future generations, she pioneered St. Louis sculpture conservation, trained docents for the Saint Louis Art Museum, taught her craft to a new generation and advanced the study of technical art history. She’s also sponsored operas and gotten closer to a Caravaggio than most people can only dream of. Read more about Phoebe Dent Weil

February 29, 2016

Professor Meredith Martin Receives ACLS Collaborative Research Fellowship

Meredith Martin, Associate Professor at the Institute, received a 2016 collaborative research fellowship from the American Council of Learned Societies. Martin's collaborator is Gillian L. Weiss of Case Western Reserve University. About the project:

Mediterranean maritime art, and the forced labor on which it depended, was fundamental to the politics and propaganda of France’s King Louis XIV, who ruled from 1643 to 1715. Yet most studies of French art in this period continue to focus on Paris and Versailles, a fact that is all the more surprising given the recent scholarly emphasis on mobility, cross-cultural exchange, and transoceanic perspectives. By examining a wide range of artistic productions—ship design, artillery sculpture, medals, paintings, and prints—this project, aims to draw attention to the neglected genre of Mediterranean maritime art and to the varieties of forced labor integral to its creation. Read more about Meredith Martin's award

February 11, 2016

Carol Mancusi-Ungaro has been awarded the 2016 Forbes Prize

Institute alumna Carol Mancusi-Ungaro has been awarded the biennial Forbes Prize for conspicuous services to Conservation by the Conservation by the International Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works, its highest honour.

Carol Mancusi-Ungaro is currently the Melva Bucksbaum Associate Director for Conservation and Research at the Whitney Museum of American Art. She was the Spring 2013 Judith Praska Distinguished Visiting Professor In Conservation and Technical Studies at the Institute, and our honorary fellow in 2012.‬ Read more about Carol Mancusi-Ungaro

January 9, 2016

William L. Pressly wins the 2015 William M B Berger Prize for British Art History

Institute alumnus William L. Pressly's book, "James Barry’s Murals at the Royal Society of Arts: Envisioning a New Public Art," won the 2015 William M B Berger Prize for British art history, a prestigious international award for art books.

William L Pressly is emeritus professor of 18th and 19th century European art at the University of Maryland. He is the author of two previous books about James Barry.

The annual prize as was established in 2001, to reward “excellence in the field of British art history”, in memory of the late William M B Berger, an American philanthropist who died in 1999.

It is administered by The British Art Journal and awarded jointly with the Berger Collection Educational Trust of Denver, Colorado. Read more about the William M B Berger Prize

November 11, 2015

The New York Times: Drinking In the Beauty of Picasso’s Sculptures at MoMA

Lynda ZychermanInstitute alumna Lynda Zycherman, the Museum of Modern Art’s sculpture conservator, is profiled in the New York Times. An excerpt:

"At the moment, Lynda Zycherman is in her element. She’s supervising what might be called the care and feeding of the 120 objects in the Modern’s extraordinary “Picasso Sculpture,” an array that traces the artist’s breathtaking inventiveness in bronze, wood, clay, plaster, sheet metal and stones through six decades. Read more about Lynda Zycherman in the Times

October 28, 2015

New York Times: ‘Class Distinctions,’ a Boston Show, Highlights Social Divisions in 17th-Century Dutch Life

Ronni BaerReview of Institute alumna Ronni Baer's exhibition at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.

"American curators looking to borrow Dutch masterpieces from foreign museums, particularly those in the Netherlands, often get the brushoff. Pulling together an exhibition of Golden Age art requires, at the least, a compelling new perspective on works that have long been analyzed under microscopes — literally."

“You can’t just have a gimmick, ‘paintings with animals,’ and expect to get their star works,” said Ronni Baer, senior curator of European paintings at the museum. Punctilious lenders, she added, “need to know you’re doing something serious to advance scholarship and not just another masterpiece show.”

October 18, 2015

CBS News: Celebrating the Hudson River School of Art

Jason RosenfeldInstitute alumnus Jason Rosenfeld, co-curator of "River Crossings," was interviewed on CBS Sunday Morning. "River Crossings" brings the work of 28 world-renowned contemporary artists back to the homes where distinctly American Art was born.

"In New York State's Hudson River Valley this season, something old ... and something new. It's an exhibit of contemporary art called 'River Crossings,' set in the homes of two giants of American Art: Thomas Cole, the founder of the Hudson River School; and Frederic Church, his student, and one of America's finest landscape painters. Church named the Moorish Victorian confection of a home he created Olana. "People come to Olana on a kind of pilgrimage," said co-curator Jason Rosenfeld, who teaches art history at Marymount Manhattan College. "They want to see where the art was created that was the first movement in America." Watch the interview

October 21, 2015

The New York Times: Statue May Be a Lost Work by Donatello

Andrew ButterfieldInstitute alumnus Andrew Butterfield may have made a stunning discovery.

“Scholarship in Renaissance sculpture is somewhere between 50 to 100 years behind that of painting, and so discoveries of this kind are still possible,” said Mr. Butterfield, a highly regarded scholar and old master treasure hunter who has been credited in recent years with discoveries of pieces by Bernini, Ghiberti, Mantegna and Donatello. If the new piece achieves a wide consensus in the art world, it would be a career coup. Mr. Butterfield stresses that the new piece is not currently for sale, but he hopes the piece will someday end up in a public collection. In a recent interview in his Westchester home, where he had the putto on display, he said, “Things still just bubble up, and mostly they are misunderstood.”

September 1, 2015

Apollo Magazine: 40 Under 40

Esther BellInstitute alumna Esther Bell makes the 2015 list

"The Apollo 40 Under 40 is a selection of the most talented and inspirational young people who are driving forward the art world today."

“Curators are in the public eye more than ever before, as institutional exhibition programmes grow and museums look for new ways to engage audiences with their collections. Our Thinkers category features several who are changing the way we think about art and artists.”

July 13, 2015

The Brooklyn Rail: A Tribute to Linda Nochlin

Portrait of Maura Reilly by Phong BuiInstitute alumna Maura Reilly is the guest editor for the July issue of The Brooklyn Rail. She was also a contributing editor for the June issue of ARTnews: "Women in the Art World." An excerpt from the "Editor's Message" in the Brooklyn Rail:

"In 1988, Nochlin famously argued that “feminist art history is there to make trouble, to call into question, to ruffle feathers in the patriarchal dovecotes.” She has spent her entire professional career doing just that, making trouble, embodying the position of the maverick....She is a living legend. In what follows, colleagues, friends, students, and admirers pay tribute to Professor Nochlin. Read more in the July issue of The Brooklyn Rail

April 22, 2015

Alumna Lauren Jacobi Awarded Rome Prize Fellowship

The American Academy in Rome recently announced the winners of the Rome Prize Fellowship, which annually supports advanced independent work in the arts and humanities in a unique residential community in Rome.  These twenty-nine artists and scholars will receive a stipend, workspace, and room and board for a period of six months to two years in Rome. The presentation was made at the Arthur and Janet C. Ross Rome Prize Ceremony, which was held at the Morgan Library and Museum in New York.

March 27, 2015

artnet: 25 Women Curators Shaking Things Up

Three Institute alumnae makes this list of 25 curators to watch. Cathleen Chaffee, PhD 2013, is picture here.

"We all know that, as Beyoncé puts it, girls run the world. That's arguably especially true in the art world, where many powerful and influential art advisors, auction house specialists and dealers are all women. And then there are the curators, whose exhibitions help us to reassess established figures or bring new ones to light. Curators help build museum collections, or work independently to organize biennials and triennials, and often publish in magazines and journals as part of their portfolio.

We polled our colleagues far and wide to come up with this roundup of 25 up-and-coming curators to watch, arranged in alphabetical order. (No such list is ever complete, so we also welcome your nominations on our Facebook page.) Maybe you'll see them heading up a department at a museum near you?" Read more about these curators shaking things up on artnet